For the Ravens to reach Festivus Maximus, they’ll have to win two big postseason games on the road just like they did 2000. Baltimore heads to the mile-high city, where Vegas sees them as nine point underdogs to the Broncos.
Head coach John Harbaugh should use the us against the world strategy with his mighty men just as Brian Billick did with the Ravens during their run to Tampa. Bulletin board material like these piece from Mark Kiszla of The Denver Post should help Harbs fire up his guys.
If this rust belt town needed a bib to catch all the sentimental tears shed at the last home game of iconic linebacker Ray Lewis, how is Baltimore going to handle the emotional breakdown when the Broncos force him into retirement as a loser?
“When” not “if”? That’s awful confident for a team that’s won just one playoff game since 2005.
But, like Lewis, their very passionate but washed-up warrior, the Ravens now seem better at striking a pose than striking fear in the hearts of a foe.
“Washed-up”, eh? Lewis led the Ravens defense with 13 tackles against the Colts.
The MVP-caliber season being produced by Manning at age 36, after missing more than a year while rehabilitating from four neck surgeries, is all the more remarkable when you watch the 37-year-old Lewis drop an interception. He botched a certain pick against the Colts, when the football rattled off the bulky brace worn to protect his weakened right arm.
Not sure what one injury has to do with another, but I don’t know many players that return five weeks after tearing their triceps. But let’s not compare injuries, let’s instead focus on Peyton Manning postseason numbers against the Ravens: 2 games, 416 yards (208 yards per game), 3 touchdowns, 3 interceptions.
I’ve seen Manning choke under postseason pressure. He’s 3-4 career in Divisional Playoff Games and isn’t comfortable in cold weather. I wouldn’t overlook the Ravens in this one.
The more I see columns list Kiszla’s, the more I like Baltimore’s chances of upsetting the over-confident Broncos.